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Carter: Race behind Obama row

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Former US President Jimmy Carter says much of the vitriol against President Barack Obama's health reforms and spending plans is "based on racism".

Mr Carter said there was an inherent feeling among many Americans that a black man should not be president.

His comments came as the House of Representatives passed a resolution of disapproval against Republican lawmaker Joe Wilson who heckled the president during a joint session of Congress.

Mr Wilson shouted "You lie!" while Mr Obama was delivering an address on healthcare to Congress last Wednesday. But Mr Wilson's eldest son, Alan, has denied racism was a factor in his father's outburst.

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